Just when you thought Tennessee lawmakers were taking a few weeks off from being the strangest, most sexually hung-up lawmakers in the land, they decided to come back with a vengeance, passing a bill to amend the state’s abstinence-only sex ed programs [because if there’s one thing Tennessee’s good at, it’s pregnant teenagers!] enumerating various “gateway sexual activities,” such as holding hands:

Tennessee senators approved an update to the state’s abstinence-based sex education law that includes warnings against “gateway sexual activity.”

In a new family life instructions bill, holding hands and kissing could be considered gateways to sex.


The bill prohibits teachers from demonstrating gateway sexual activity.  CaPese said that would include health education models.

Was there a previous problem with teachers feeling the need to demonstrate “gateway sexual activity” before? And if a teacher is caught folding her hands at her desk, is she opening herself up to a world of problems?

This place is so weird…

Think Progress points out that the Tennessee legislature is busy on other fronts too, having just passed a bill allowing schools to teach creationism as science.